The last game of the group stage for the Red in Copa América has an appointment for this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Due to the fact that the Creole team will have free on the last date, the Chilean National Team faces Paraguay today with the need to keep the three points, and therefore, to be at the top of Group A to avoid Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Although Chile’s recent draw against Uruguay caused good feelings, one of the worrisome things left by that match are the injuries of Guillermo Maripán and Erick Pulgar. These two names are practically immovable for Martín Lasarte’s scheme, and the question has arisen as to which players will eventually replace the former Catholic University.
According to reports from the press, “Machete” would return to the line of four in defense to place Gary Medel with Francisco Sierralta in the center position. In the middle and replacing Pulgar, Tomás Alarcón would appear, while the vacancy left by Maripán will be used in offense with the inclusion of César Pinares accompanying Eduardo Vargas and Ben Brereton in attack.
It was also confirmed by the coach at a press conference that no names will be saved for the match against Albirroja. In this way, Mauricio Isla, Arturo Vidal and Francisco Sierralta will be in the starting lineup despite the fact that they are one yellow card away from missing the quarterfinal match.
It should be remembered that these warnings are erased once the National Team advances to the next round of the competition. In this way, if the three Chileans mentioned above do not receive a yellow card against Paraguay, they will be able to face the quarterfinals without being conditioned.